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At Least 12 officers shot in downtown Dallas shooting: PD

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DALLAS (KWWL) -

Five officers are dead, and at least seven others are injured in downtown Dallas Thursday, Dallas Police Chief David Brown says.

The entire statement follows:

"Tonight it appears that two snipers shot ten police officers from elevated positions during the protest/rally. Three officers are deceased, two are in surgery and three are in critical condition. An intensive search for suspects is currently underway. No suspects are in custody at this time. We ask that any citizen with information regarding the shootings tonight call 214-671-3482."

"We will provide more information once it is available. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers tonight."

DART says one of its officers has been killed, and three others have non-life threatening injuries.

Gunshots rang out following a protest and rally held over police shootings in other parts of the U.S.

The shootings took place as a rally and march in downtown was ending. The rally was held to show solidarity with communities affected by officer-involved shootings this week in Louisiana and Minnesota.

Scores of police officers arrived downtown following the shooting, which took place about 9 p.m. near Main and Market streets and a block from the Old Red Courthouse building.

Officers could be seen taking cover as shots rang out.

Video from the scene showed people running from the sound of the gunshots. There is no word on whether any civilians have been shot.

At 10 p.m. NBC 5's Cory Smith reported that Dallas police believe they have a gunman confined to a building and are currently negotiating with that person.

DART public transportation service is suspended in downtown due to police activity.

NBC 5 has several crews near the scene. We will update this story when more information is available.

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